Teaching in the International Classroom

This course is aimed at teachers who (will) teach in English in an international classroom and want to know more about the intercultural and didactic implications of teaching in the international classroom. Teaching in the International Classroom equips staff to take on the challenges of teaching to an international student population. The course provides hands-on practice and tailored strategies that can be directly implemented in your own teaching context.

If you would like to know more about using English as a medium of instruction the course Effective Teaching in a Second Language may be more suitable.


Teaching in English in the international classroom requires a methodological shift because it does not only affect teaching performance but also has an impact on the interaction with and among students. We will discuss the didactic implications for teaching as well as for learning in an international classroom. An important consideration in this is expectation management: how can you make the implicit explicit? We will focus on encouraging interaction between (Dutch and international) students and we will provide teaching tools for the international classroom and for different teaching contexts, e.g. lectures, seminars/tutorials and supervision. Lastly, we will discuss the role (and impact) of grading and assessment in the international classroom. You will work with your own course materials (designing active learning tasks, adapting current activities and assessment). There will be two trainers present to effectively support individual work and work in pairs or sub-groups.


  • Session 1 (Teaching in English/ Intercultural competences)
    • Implications of teaching in English
    • Stating expectations
    • Intercultural competences
  • Session 2 (Lectures)
    • Structure and clarity
    • Using an international framework
    • Interactive lectures
  • Session 3 (Small group work)
    • Challenges and best practices of small group work
    • Guiding students from day-to-day language to an academic use of language
    • Classroom vocabulary
  • Session 4 (Grading and Assessment)
    • Different grading systems
    • Giving all students the change to succeed
    • Adapting your assessment(s) to better suit an international classroom


After completing the course, participants will be able to:

  • use didactic and presentation skills (including compensation techniques) that a non-native speaker of English needs in order to provide high-quality activities to students who are often also not native speakers
  • encourage interaction between (Dutch and international) students
  • reflect on differences in cultural and educational backgrounds in the international classroom
  • adapt assignments and assessments for use in the international classroom
Overall, I was highly impressed by this course and have taken away more than I expected in terms of how to cater for a diverse classroom and also general didactic skills. I highly recommend the course for anyone interested in developing their teaching and communication skills.


Higher Education teachers who (are going to) teach in English in an international classroom.
If you are interested in developing your intercultural competence in teaching in the international classroom we recommend the course Developing Intercultural Competences.


22 hours (meetings: 14 hours, self study: 8 hours) 


All sessions are on Tuesdays from 9.15-12.30 hrs:

  • 11 September 2018
  • 9 October 2018
  • 6 November 2018
  • 4 December 2018


€ 750 (UU/UMCU staff), € 825 (other participants).


Participants will receive a certificate when they actively participate in at least three of the four course meetings.


You can apply by sending in the application form before 28 August 2018.